Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which tooth-colored composite material is applied on the surface of the tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. A composite bonding (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by cracks, decay, fractures, etc.
- Removal of the damaged part of the tooth.
- Followed by filling the space with a composite filling material. A small cavity can be repaired with either an amalgam filling (composed of silver and other metals) or a tooth-colored resin material and sometimes with cast gold.
- Tooth-colored fillings help restore teeth affected by decay back to their normal function and can prevent further decay.
Dentists have been treating decayed teeth with silver-colored (amalgam) fillings for generations. Even though the amalgam fillings are affordable and safe, more people are now opting for white fillings (composite resins) to improve their smile. Your dentist will consider a number of factors when selecting which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, area in the mouth you need the filling and the cost.